ASEAN summit leaders

Almost all of the South China Sea is claimed by China. Taiwan and four ASEAN nations – Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei – have competing claims.
There is a current thaw in relations over the South China Sea, but ASEAN intends to release a statement anyway.
The statement addresses the importance of the countries cooperation “to maintain peace, stability, freedom of navigation” of the disputed South China Sea “in accordance with international law.”
The statement will be issued after a meeting between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Philippines.

MANILA – Southeast Asian nations will not take a relative calm in the dispute over the South China Sea for granted, according to a draft of a statement to be issued during a summit meeting in Manila on Monday.

“While the situation is calmer now, we cannot take the current progress for granted,” said the draft, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

The statement will be issued after a meeting later between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Philippines capital, a diplomatic source said.

“It is important that we cooperate to maintain peace, stability, freedom of …read more


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